Things you Should Know Before Iris Implant Surgery

In many societies there is a preference for a certain eye colour, which is seen as more beautiful. Wearing coloured contact lenses can help individuals in such societies achieve this standard of beauty. However, with iris implant surgery, such people can permanently change their eye colour to the colour deemed most beautiful to them. Initially, the procedure was invented to help treat traumatic injuries to the eye or certain medical conditions. But, more and more people are now using iris implant surgery for cosmetic reasons.

Will Iris Implant Surgery Help Me to See Better?

Unfortunately, the long and the short of it is no. Iris implant surgery is not supposed to affect your vision at all. The purpose of the procedure is simply to change the colour of your eyes or to protect the eyes from excess light. If you need to wear spectacles before surgery, you will need to wear the same ones after your procedure in order to see.

If you are planning on having laser therapy to improve your eyesight, this should be done before your iris implant surgery, or well after. The magic number is three when it comes to having laser therapy and iris implants. Optimally, you should have laser treatment either up to three days before or from three months after your implants are placed.

Is the Iris Implant Safe?

Iris implants are made out of medical grade silicone. The same material is used for other lenses, such as those used to treat cataracts or used for vision correction. Medical grade silicone is non-toxic, and also biocompatible with the human body. Moreover, it lasts a lifetime, so there is no need to have any replacements or to worry about it reaching an expiry date after which it would become toxic.

It is important to keep in mind that all procedures and eye operations come with certain risks. Iris implant surgery in particular, carries the risk of ocular hypertension, iritis, hyphema, endothelial cell loss, iris atrophy, photophobia, infections, iris atrophy, pupil ovalization, glaucoma, corneal oedema, corneal decompensation, cataracts, natural lens opacification, and iris atrophy. In some cases, the implant can be removed if any complications should occur.

Other than having a good surgeon, one of the most important things to minimize the risk of any of these complications occurring is proper patient selection. Patients who have had a thorough ophthalmic examination prior to their surgeries, are more likely to have successful results. In some cases, additional surgery is needed to treat, reduce, or control complications when they do arise.

Should a complication occur while your doctor is performing the procedure, they may not continue with it if it seems unsafe. Because this procedure is intended for medical reasons, it is not recommended to have the procedure for cosmetic purposes. In fact, in many countries the procedure is banned. However, if you feel that you need to have iris implant surgery for cosmetic reasons it is important to do your research beforehand. Moreover, Make sure that your surgeon is well renowned for iris implant surgery.

  • Please note that Cosmetic Clinic does not do all the procedures written about in our blog. Contact us for more information.

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